Letting go of past experiences – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Miriam Zenilman    When I was in third grade, I was diagnosed with a severe nut allergy. A month later, I had an allergic reaction and was sent to the nearest hospital. A couple of hours later, I was once again healthy. But, this traumatic experience had a huge impact on me. I carried the fear of having another allergic reaction with me for years. However, this past summer I was able to overcome this irrational fear. I went on a community service trip to Croatia and had to trust that the guide accompanying my group would read the ingredients on food packages correctly as I cannot understand Croatian. At first, I was very anxious about eating. However, my friends encouraged me to take risks and assured me that everything would be fine. I took their advice and found that they were right. As a result, I learned that taking a chance is definitely worth the risk.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine